In addition to the reduction in healthcare services, nurse staffing issues directly affect patient care. A recent survey by the Michigan Nurses Association found that 42% of respondents knew of a patient’s death being caused by nurse understaffing, nearly double the percentage (22%) from seven years ago.
The industry is formulating new strategies to overcome the challenge of onboarding nurses effectively. The hospitals and health systems that rise to meet this challenge have an opportunity to set themselves apart in the race to recruit and retain new nurses―and in turn set themselves apart as leaders in care delivery for years to come.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Serenity Lounges—break rooms equipped with massage chairs, aromatherapy oils, artwork, and other soothing amenities to provide a respite from nurses’ demanding work—are proving to be effective in nurse well-being, staff engagement, and retention rates.
A report from Behavioral Health Tech finds that roughly 75% of healthcare workers may leave the industry by 2025. Professionals report that they spend twice as much time doing manual, EHR-related tasks as they spend with their patients.
More than three-fourths (76%) of travel nurses surveyed June 21-29, 2023, for Nomad Health’s Job Satisfaction Index report being satisfied with their most recent travel job, compared to only half (51%) who report being satisfied with their last staff position.
The new research article, which was published by JAMA Health Forum, is based on survey data collected from more than 15,000 nurses and more than 5,000 physicians at 60 Magnet-recognized hospitals in 2021. The Magnet Recognition Program designates hospitals as good places to work based on nursing excellence and healthcare quality.
Healthcare faces a crisis on multiple fronts when it comes to efficiency and staffing. According to a Kaufman Hall report, roughly half of hospitals ended 2022 with a negative margin, while more than 1.7 million people left healthcare jobs last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
HealthLeaders talked with Ehrenfeld about a range of issues, including the top priorities of his AMA presidency, health equity, and physician shortages. The following transcript of that conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
The hospital failed to protect employees, including nurses and mental health professionals, from patients whose bites, kicks, punches, and other assaults caused serious injuries, according to OSHA. The agency cited the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion with one serious violation and one other-than-serious violation.
Physician operating executives and medical directors are crucial players in healthcare administration at Scripps Health, says Ghazala Sharieff, MD, MBA, corporate senior vice president of hospital operations and chief medical officer at the San Diego-based health system.